Spring has sprung -- and as buds rear their heads, so too does litter that was hiding beneath the snow all winter long. With Earth Day just around the corner, now is the time to find a way to help make the city greener.
"The more creative you are the better," says University of Toronto's waste management supervisor, Reno Strano, emphasizing the four Rs -- reduce, reuse, rethink and recycle. "Think a little bit here and there and you'll be surprised at the results you can get."
According to an Ipsos-Reid survey, digging through your recycling box is a great place to start. The survey found that 63 per cent of Ontario residents said paper was overflowing from their recycling boxes.
"Recycling should be your last resort," says Strano.
"If you put your mind to it you can probably find a use for just about anything."
Keeping that in mind cut down recycling by using "every corner and every little bit of paper," says Strano.
Try writing your next grocery or "To Do" list on recyclable cardboard or old telephone and Visa bills. Better yet, eliminate paper bills altogether by switching to online banking or mail-delivery services such as Canada Post's epost.ca, which securely stores bills and other important documents online for up to seven years.
It's a great alternative, considering each Canadian household accumulates 70 pounds of paper mail each year.
"For the environmentally conscious it is relatively easy and very convenient," says Michael Garrity, epost.ca's vice-president of marketing and sales.
"It takes a physical process and moves it electronically to benefit the environment."
Earth Day events kick off Saturday.